When it comes to the mode of transport in Vietnam, few bullet trains or SUV’s are found. Instead, most Vietnamese whizz around on motorbikes. Motorbikes are cheap and unobstructed on the often narrow and busy streets, but their limited space may be a big headache for drivers who have lots of goods, or passengers to carry.
That’s not a problem for Vietnamese at all and it seems that they are all balancing artists who can burden their bikes with loads of goods but illogically remain balanced and reach their destination.
Photographer Hans Kemp showed strong interest in this phenomenon in Vietnam and captured some of the most typical examples of Vietnamese people transporting all sorts of items overloadedly with motorbikes which appears defy physics. In his book, Bikes of Burden, Kemp showed 148 pictures of drivers doing this balancing magic, shot on places like the city streets, countryside or even curbs.
Though how the Vietnamese manage to keep their bikes balanced remains a mystery, the Vietnanmes are definitely the most gifted balancing artists in the world.